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Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Carlos Rosario School Educates and Graduates the New Americans

Franklin Garcia | Posted 08.31.2014 | DC
Franklin Garcia

The faces of the graduates depicted every race known to man. But what is unique about this graduating class is that the majority of its graduates are immigrants.

College Bound: Changing Lives Through Education

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.

Does School 'Reform' Have to Mean Separate and Unequal?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. A recent report about the success of Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC highlights that ironic reality.

Joy Resmovits

Minor Glitch Leads To Major Criticism Of Michelle Rhee's Signature Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

The evaluations of 44 Washington public school teachers -- out of 4,000 -- were compromised by an outside contractor, an email from a D.C. official to...

Joy Resmovits

Why City Students' Test Scores 'Should Concern Everyone'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

Students in America's largest cities are scoring higher on math and reading exams, but still perform well below the national average, according to a n...

Ravitch's Reign vs. Rhee's Radical: Fact vs. Fiction

Elaine Weiss | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

The biggest difference between education scholar Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's book, Radical, is that the first is based on extensive facts, the second heavily on fiction.

DC-CAS Gains: Grounds for Caution, not Champagne

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

In June, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that, according to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), more students are proficient in math and reading than ever before.

How Our Legal Advocacy Helps a Child, a Family, and the Community

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.26.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Children's Law Center measures success by looking at the improvements in the lives of each individual child we meet. When we help a child, we see the child's family get stronger as well.

Empower DC Is 21st Century Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

Head-Roc | Posted 11.17.2013 | DC
Head-Roc

Empower DC utilizes much of the same honored tried and true methods of empowering low and moderate income DC residents, on the issues of affordable housing, education, childcare and public property use, via the same grassroots community organizing that is the root effectiveness of our American Civil Rights Movement.

Obama Meeting Emphasizes Need for Urban Debate in D.C. Public Schools

Todd Fine | Posted 10.27.2013 | DC
Todd Fine

It is a shame that the nation's capital, with so many former debaters active in politics, media, and law, has few debate opportunities in its public schools.

DC Schools: Crediting Success, Confronting Challenge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.04.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Chancellor Henderson and her team of teachers and administrators are on the right track, and they deserve as much support as the city and community can muster to stay the course toward improvement. Now is hardly the time to destabilize the system once again by forcing a different reform plan.

Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

D.C. Council and School Reform: First, Do No Harm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.17.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

We all can agree that the status quo is unacceptable. But we also need to agree that continuing destabilization of school leadership, and ongoing power struggles over the authority to control and direct the schools, only distracts from academic improvement and threatens further delay in real reform.

Broader, Bolder Should Have Done Better Homework

Eric Lerum | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Eric Lerum

Having worked directly on the education reforms implemented in D.C. over the past several years, I read with interest a recently released national report that purports to examine the impacts of various education reforms in three of the nation's largest cities.

College Decision Time: Preparing Low-Income Students for Higher Education

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.23.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

College preparation should start earlier and should address the material barriers -- students need to see the whole college puzzle, not just the pieces for their application.

Joy Resmovits

Rhee Cheating Investigation Dregs Up Old Memos

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Michelle Rhee took over Washington, D.C., public schools, and nearly three years after she left her position as chancellor,...

School Vacations and the Achievement Gap: Breaking the Connection

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

As a community we need to think broadly about solutions that will allow students to take a break from school without pushing poor families to their breaking points.

Closing Schools Despite the Data

Elaine Weiss | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago
Elaine Weiss

Parents, students, teachers, and principals are right to seek policy decisions based on evidence, not the popularity of current reforms, and to put a stop to those that harm students, schools, and their communities.

Jennifer Howard's Review of "Radical" -- More Rave Than Review

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.24.2013 | DC
Elaine Weiss

The level of controversy Michelle Rhee has engendered as a school reformer contrasts sharply with largely unskeptical reviews of her new book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Puts Michelle Rhee On Defense

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Last night, former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by The Daily Show to promote her memoir, "Radical." Host Jon Stewart's mother is a teacher, so he pressed Rhee on many of these policies, especially his (and teachers') dissatisfaction with the heavy emphasis on standardized tests.

Nation's Capital Considers Dropping U.S. Government High School Grad Requirement

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

In an ironic twist, public school leaders in the nation's capital are considering allowing its high school students to graduate without taking an adva...

Behind Frontline's Michelle Rhee Documentary

| Alexander Russo | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of This Week In Education. How fascinating to wake up and find out that Adell Cothorne (pictured), the Noyes Elemen...

D.C. Schools Chancellor Proposes Closing 20 City Schools By Next Year

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

Twenty D.C. Public Schools have been targeted for closure before the next school year, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday. Per the Washin...

DCPS School Closures List Expected To Be Released Tuesday

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

A list of D.C. Public Schools targeted for closure or consolidation is expected to be announced Tuesday by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Washington ...